Below are some common questions about our wheelchairs, training, and education.
HOW IS THE CHILD PLACED IN THE WHEELCHAIR?
A dedicated group of professionals—therapists, rehab specialists, medical engineers, and volunteers—travel on the distribution trips in order to specifically fit each chair to each child while in the country. All children are different, and each chair is modified to maximize the child’s potential. Depending on the size of the child or small adult, chairs can be adapted to the person for up to five years.
WHERE ARE THE WHEELCHAIRS MADE?
The wheelchairs are manufactured in the U.S. and around the world by dedicated volunteers such as senior citizens, inmates, and people with disabilities. For example, our shop in Guatemala employs people with disabilities, mostly former Hope Haven International wheelchair recipients, and they are trained to use the equipment with assistive technology. This job offers new opportunities for these people’s families – job skill training, consistent wage, and demonstration to the country of the capabilities of people with disabilities.
HAVE THE WHEELCHAIRS BEEN TESTED?
Yes, all of our wheelchairs have been tested. For example, our KidChair was inspected by an independent evaluation firm called Beneficial Designs in Minden, NV. The equipment “cleared all requirements” for a person up to 120 lbs. The testing included: drop tests, static test, impact test, and fatigue tests, with every portion of the wheelchair measured and analyzed.
HOW IS THE FAMILY INVOLVED?
Families or caretakers of recipients are given tools that allow them to make simple adjustments to the sizing of the chair, to be sure the chair continues to be adapted to the person’s size as he or she grows.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The average cost of sponsoring the manufacturing of a wheelchair is $100-$350. This small investment allows you to champion the wheelchair personally for a recipient in desperate need of mobility in a poverty-stricken country. Donors receive a keepsake photo of the child in their newly sponsored wheelchair. Consider making a life-changing donation today. Donate Today